Divine Dialectic: Dante's Incarnational Poetry

Divine Dialectic: Dante's Incarnational Poetry

by Guy P. Raffa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802048560

ISBN-13: 2900802048560

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

"In this book, Guy Raffa offers a fresh reading of Dante's major literary works - the Divine Comedy and the Vita nuova - that combines central tenets of incarnational theology and dialectical thought to illuminate the poet's renowned ability to 'have it both ways' on issues that conventionally elicit an 'either/or' response. Viewing Dante as a poet of revision, not…  See more details below

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"In this book, Guy Raffa offers a fresh reading of Dante's major literary works - the Divine Comedy and the Vita nuova - that combines central tenets of incarnational theology and dialectical thought to illuminate the poet's renowned ability to 'have it both ways' on issues that conventionally elicit an 'either/or' response. Viewing Dante as a poet of revision, not conversion, Raffa challenges a dominant paradigm in Dante criticism and takes full account of the poet's unconventional approach to such conventional dichotomies as eros and spirituality, fame and humility, action and contemplation, and obedience and transgression. Divine Dialectic ultimately argues that Dante crosses textual and theological boundaries in his medieval epic to promote the paradoxical union of contradiction and resolution as a way of reading his poem and, by extension, the world itself."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900802048560
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Toronto Italian Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Texts and Translations
Introduction: Dante's Incarnational Dialectic3
Ch. 1Divisive Dialectic: Incarnational Failure and Parody23
1Incarnation Manque in the Vita nuova24
2Dante's Infernal Web of Pride37
Ch. 2Incarnational Dialectic Writ Large67
1Incarnational (Dis)appearances: Virgil and Beatrice68
2Dialectically Marked Spirits in the Shadowed Spheres76
3Incarnational Reflections and Lines87
4The Poet's Incarnate Word110
Ch. 3Dante's Incarnational Dialectic of Martyrdom and Mission125
1Lifting the Hermeneutic Veil: Circling the Cross in the Sun and Mars126
2The Bitter-Sweet Lessons of Cacciaguida and Scipio147
3Dante's Divine Tetragon164
4Intellectual Action and Dialectical Hermeneutics178
Notes197
Index241

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